The Earth healing during lock down, at least temporarily, 4 June.
Enjoy the fresh air while it lasts! 9 May 2020
2020 Coronavirus lockdowns reducing CO2 emmissions
Sustainable home decor - eco-friendly design
Home appliance recycling guide: reduce waste; save money
Planned obsolescence is harming the planet - South Coast Herald, SA
Our House is on Fire - Greta Thunberg at Davos, 25 Jan 2019
Eco-friendly car recycling by Carmen Adams.
Latest UN Climate Change report Nov 2018
Final call before catastrophe - IPCC - 18.10.08
Clean up the Earth - a recylcing primer
Bio Veda Academy - Eco reality from Johannesburg - Alosha Lynov
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative - Harvey Locke
Can soil save the earth? - TVO Agenda 2 Feb 2016
More plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050? - Report
Katharine Hayhoe - Faith & climate science TVO 19 Jan 2015
100% Clean & Green with David Suzuki on I am Alive,
CKCU, 26 Nov 2015
Getting clean by going green, with thanks to Ella Johnstone
Plastic Pollution Coalition
Net zero energy homes - based in Winnipeg
Bill Gates gives $1B for clean energy development
Sol Powered Energy Corp - Ottawa based: 613-454-4444
The Pope's Climate Encyclical 18 Jun 2015
Ecology Ottawa 613-860-5353
G7 Elmau Climate Change report June 2015
No discernable decrease in warming - Study
Agrinol Inc Ottawa-based clean energy research company
Why climate change is being ignored - George Hamilton
Community Shared Agriculture CSA, Ottawa
Ottawa Good Food Box - local organic low cost
IPCC Climate Change report 2013 - CNN Summary
Step into My Green World Food codes
What's organic about organic? - movie preview
The Bitumen Cliff - report by the CCPA
Evangelical Environmental Network - USA
Kevin Anderson - Tyndall Centre - reality speech 2 Nov 2012
Climate Ottawa.ca - blog
The Climate Reality Project, Canada - Al Gore effect .org
COGS Ottawa - Organic week 22 - 29 Sept. Watch Dirt trailer.
Alternative to the Growth Economy by Tony Copple
Bill Rees on the Ecological Footprint. Listen to fascinating interview.
Bioforest.ca - for Emerald Ash Borer control. Educate yourself.
Ontario Power Authority
Earthgauge, CKCU FM Thursdays 7.05 am. Earthgauge blog
Navdanya - Dr. Vanada Shiva, promoting a new economy
Arcticnet - Arctic climate change
Deutsche Welle Living Planet
Ancient Forest Alliance.org and the Ancient Forest Petition
USC-Canada - Seed security
Kanata Environmental Network - KEN, founded by Gail Moorhead
Ottawa Solar Power
Alex Monk's blogspot: Green Community: Kanata
OntarioGo Green - Make your home environmentally friendly
Ontario Nature - on-line magazine
Wild Bird Care Centre, Ottawa, founded by Kathy Nihei
Wild Ontario - Ontario wetlands, etc.
Scorecard.org - Pollution in your community; not yet Canada
Envirocentre - cost-effective energy-efficiency goods and services
Canadian Cooperative Association headquartered in Ottawa
Vrtucar Car sharing in Ottawa
Electronic Waste recylcing, Ottawa
Waste Management - Carp Road dump
Quantum Lifecycle for computer recycling Tel 888-431-0318.
33B Capital Dr., Nepean.
Used clothing? Why not send it to Ghana? I will pick up
from Kanata locations, and my good friend Mabel
arrange for it to be sent there. E-mail for action.
I started this web site in 1997 as a small voice with a passion for something that wasn't getting nearly enough publicity. I remember thinking as a boy in the fifties that car exhaust must be damaging the environment, but no one else seemed to think it was a problem.
Nowadays you can scarely watch the news without more revelations about climate change, most of them from scientists warning polititians that their duty is to treat the matter seriously and do something. But it takes far more vision and leadership to know what to do,
since almost every strategy would be hugely expensive and liable to failure, and failure in our democracy means someone else even less aware will take over, and seeing the enormity of the problem and the likely result of trying to do something, will concentrate on other priorities.
This is President Trump's position. Bob Dylan warned us that the greatest fear is that of bringing children into our world, and as birth rates fall in many nations it seems he was right in this as in so many other warnings he gave as a 22 year old. The issue (in case you tuned out a few years ago) is to what extent
climate change is caused by human activity. Maybe I should add cow activity to this since our love of beef has resulted in millions of cows pumping methane into the atmosphere. If we had a world dictator who orders the slaughter of all cows and takes meat off the shelves, while outlawing internal combustion engines, and closing down coal mines worldwide, we might offset
the inevitable, but that is the scale (if not the description) of action needed, and noone would vote such a leader into power if only because 90% of voters vote in accordance with their own selfish interests instead of the interests of society as a whole.
The Ecological Footprint developed by William Rees and Mathis Wackernagel gives us a tool to measure the damage being done to the earth by human activities. Quantitative analysis shows how misguided
we have been thus far in countering the dramatic shifts ushered in by industrial revolutions which have led us to value economic growth so highly, when the results of this growth are the source of the major challenges facing us.
Until we figure out better tragets for advanced economies than ever increasing wealth, the future is not bright. I urge you to listen to Bill Rees from UBC (links in the left column) for a radical shift in your understanding of ecology.
Preserving and Cherishing the Earth
In 1990, Carl Sagan spearheaded an open letter to the world's religious leaders. This led to various initiatives including
The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, energizing men of faith to join with ecologists in their efforts.
Christmas poses a problem
Christmas excess from unrecylable wrapping paper to unnecessary gifts is a serious environmantal issue.
Gifts that Matter.ca provides a solution, and may neatly solve your gift problem for that loved one who really doesn't need or want another irrelevant trinket.
I don't know why it has taken me so long to appreciate the extreme seriousness of this issue.
I read The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery, and had an epiphany.
Here is a crisis that needs full international cooperation to solve, without interference from the vested interests that have so successfully
blocked any progress away from fossil fuels. But it is also an issue to which every one of us, particularly house owners can make a difference.
Organizations dedicated to publicizing climate change include ClimatDots.org, 350.org, and of course Earthday
More recently I read Michael Crichton's State of Fear which postulates that the scare over global warming may be more a media/governemnt plot to keep people in line by a continuous state of fear than any scientific evidence that global warming is man made.
Crichton's thesis is well and truly debunked here and here.
CPAWS, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is a group focussing on the preservation of forests. Forest clear cutting and wetlands destruction are responsible for about one-third of all the extra greenhouse gases humans have put into the atmosphere since the start of the Industrial Revolution. New forests are more efficient as absorbers of carbon dioxide than existing forests; hence the drive for replanting after clearcutting.
In May 2009 the TAPS Program from Show me the green.ca reached us in Ottawa, distributing to customers water conserving taps and showerheads reducing water consumption by up to 65%, and
four compact fluorescent light bulbs, using 75% less electricity. Bravo!